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Overview: Bus from Madrid to Bilbao

distanceDistance200 miles (322 km)
durationAverage bus duration4 h 30 min
priceAverage bus ticket price$38 (€32)
changesDirect busYes
carriersBus companiesAlsa, Alsa Premium, Alsa Supra, Eurolines Switzerland or Flixbus

Buses from Madrid to Bilbao cover the 200 miles (322 km) long trip taking on average 4 h 30 min with our travel partners like Alsa, Alsa Premium, Alsa Supra, Eurolines Switzerland or Flixbus. There are direct bus services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $38 (€32), you can find the cheapest bus ticket for as low as $38 (€32). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Bilbao, Zorroza.

Bus companies: Alsa and FlixBus from Madrid to Bilbao

Buy your official Alsa and FlixBus bus tickets between Madrid and Bilbao from $38 (€32) with Omio. Find bus times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular route.

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Alsa is the main bus company in Spain, a subsidiary of the UK bus company National Express. Alsa offers a wide variety of national and international routes and transports more than 300 million passengers every year. Apart from the Standard fare, Alsa provides ticket types like Minimum, Reduced and Flexible fares on select routes for those looking to save money on bus journeys. While most travelers don’t mind traveling on normal buses with basic services like bathrooms, free WiFi, footrests and onboard entertainment, some others may want to check out Alsa’s deluxe buses like the Alsa Supra, Alsa Eurobus and Alsa Premium, which provide more luxurious amenities on specific routes.

  • Average Price: $38

Please follow the recommendations outlined by Alsa when booking your bus tickets to Bilbao from Madrid due to the coronavirus:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Normal conditions apply

Buses from Madrid to Bilbao

Buses in Spain are an affordable way to travel between cities. A number of bus companies offer domestic and international routes. Buses from Madrid to Bilbao are operated by Spanish provider, ALSA with up to 20 departures a day. The first bus leaves in the early hours of the morning, while the last departure at around 8:30 p.m. Buses from Madrid to Bilbao require a journey time of approximately 4 hours.

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Madrid to Bilbao Bus Cost

Average prices for buses from Madrid to Bilbao when you book in advance

Booking Period

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€31

1 Day in Advance

€31

1 Week in Advance

€31

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€31

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€31

3 Months in Advance

€31

Madrid to Bilbao Buses: General Information


While taking a bus is slower than both and train it is significantly cheaper and can take as little as 4 hours to arrive in Bilbao.

  • autobus All Madrid to Bilbao buses are run by ALSA.
  • autobus Most buses are direct, depart from Madrid's Intercam Av. America bus station and arrive at Bilbao bus station.
  • autobus Traveling from Madrid to Bilbao by bus takes as little as 4 hours and 5 minutes to arrive in Bilbao.
  • autobus Most travelers book their Madrid to Bilbao bus ticket 1 day in advance of the travel date.

Taking the Bus from Madrid

Buses from Madrid to Bilbao leave from the Intercambiador de Transporte bus station, located on Avenida de America, which has good local transport links by bus and metro to the rest of the city and the suburbs. Madrid's efficient and extensive transport network is supplemented by regular night bus routes. Taxis are also available at the bus station.

Getting into Madrid by Bus

Bilbao is a bustling port and the capital of Vizcaya in the Basque Region of Northern Spain and is situated on the tidal Nervión River. Bilbao enjoys a mild climate, more temperate than much of Spain and has become increasingly popular, with visitors enjoying the art and architecture of the modernist Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry. Other attractions are the Basque Museum and La Ria Maritime Museum. Bilbao's Old Town, or Casco Viejo, has seven streets full of interesting shops and cafes. Buses from Madrid to Bilbao arrive at the TermiBus Station, which is linked by tram to central Bilbao. Bilbao has plenty of public transport options, including a Metro line, frequent Bilbobus City buses, one EuskoTran tram line, and the BizkaiBus service which covers surrounding regions and coastal towns. Bilbao has a weekend night bus service, while taxis are also available at the station.

Travel Tips: Bus to Bilbao from Madrid

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FAQs

How much are cheap buses between Madrid and Bilbao?

Bus tickets between Madrid and Bilbao for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $38 (€32)  one way in the next 7 days.

How much is a bus ticket from Madrid to Bilbao?

The bus price from Madrid to Bilbao is on average $38 (€32)  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this journey in the next 7 days.

How far is it from Madrid to Bilbao by bus?

You should expect to travel around 200 miles (322 km)  between Madrid and Bilbao by bus.

How many hours is the bus time between Madrid and Bilbao?

On average the Madrid to Bilbao bus time is 4 h 30 min  covering the 200 miles (322 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.

What is the departure bus station in Madrid and arrival bus station in Bilbao?

When taking the bus to Bilbao from Madrid, you can choose to depart from bus stations like Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83, Madrid, Estación de Moncloa and Madrid, Méndez Álvaro - Terminal. Your trip can end in bus stations such as Bilbao, Zorroza, Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses and Bilbao, Estación de Autobuses.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha   and arrive in Bilbao, Zorroza.

Where is the bus station in Madrid to go to Bilbao? Where is the bus station in Bilbao located?

Passengers board their bus most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and travel around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) from the city center to this bus station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Bilbao, Zorroza and need to travel approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) from the bus station to the city center in Bilbao.

Which bus companies can get me from Madrid to Bilbao?

For the trip from Madrid to Bilbao you can take a bus with Alsa, Alsa Premium, Alsa Supra, Eurolines Switzerland or Flixbus. Be sure to check out all possible bus providers that offer services between Madrid and Bilbao on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

What time is the earliest bus from Madrid to Bilbao? What time is the last bus from Madrid to Bilbao?

The earliest bus departing from Madrid to Bilbao leaves at 6: 00 AM. The last bus departing from Madrid to Bilbao leaves at 6: 15 PM. You can find the latest Madrid to Bilbao bus schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

How early should I buy Madrid to Bilbao bus tickets to get the best deals?

If you purchase the Madrid to Bilbao bus within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $38 (€32). However, booking your bus ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for buses to Bilbao from Madrid. Look out for bus tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.